MMO Top 20 Mets Prospects – #11 Cory Mazzoni, RHP


Here we go with the tenth installment of the MMO 2012 Mets Top 20 Prospects list. This pick represents the last one of the bottom half of the Top 20, #11. The player who gets the honor of topping the 11 thru 20 picks, is none other than RHP Cory Mazzoni. The Mets nabbed Mazzoni in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of North Carolina State. He was a starter for much of his college career and should remain one in the pro’s, at least for the time being.

In 2011 Mazzoni pitched 114.2 IP as a starter for NC State, over 16 starts. His record was 6-6 with a 3.30 ERA, 91 hits, but what was most noticeable was the 137 strikeouts and 29 walks. After signing his contract with the Mets, he was sent to Brooklyn to begin his professional career, but the Mets were hesitant to have him start, so as not to run up his inning totals, he worked out of the pen. He threw 6 IP for the Cyclones before finishing his year with 7 IP in the FSL. That’s just under 130 IP for the year which the Mets felt was plenty, and it puts him on track for 150 IP next season.

The 22-year-old righty is listed at 6’1″, and 194 lbs., but he still generates a lot of power for someone with that kind of frame. He throws his fastball low to mid-nineties with excellent location, and was topping out in the Cape Cod League last summer at 97. What’s even better is that he can maintain his velocity deep into games. The knock on his fastball is that it is on the straight side, and can be hit. But as he advances through the system hopefully he can learn ways to find some more movement on the pitch, even if it means dialing it back a bit.

He throws three secondary pitches: a very good slider in the 81-84 mph range, a hard-breaking curve-ball with drop (which is somewhat inconsistent, and has a tendency to flatten out), and a splitter. Many scouts have stated they would prefer he throw a conventional change, which the Mets may try and teach him. Although he definitely exhibits the arm-strength to start, he may be better suited for the pen where he could max out with his FB, and then mix in his other offerings to keep the opposition off-balance. Next season will go a long way towards determining the direction for this otherwise polished pitcher.

I have Mazzoni penciled in to start next season in the rotation at high A, St. Lucie, Florida State League. He should team up well with a few other former college hurlers, who were high draft picks last year, and could also start next season in the St. Lucie rotation: Logan Verrett (3rd round), Tyler Pill (4th round), and Jack “The Rocket” Leathersich (5th round). That could make for a pretty interesting mix of talent. Stay tuned.

Check back on Monday when we offer the first of the official MMO 2012 Mets Top 10 Prospects, as we unveil #10

My short list includes:

  • Cesar Puello                RF
  • Juan Lagares               LF
  • Reese Havens              2B                                       
  • Wilmer Flores              INF

MMO Top 20 Prospects 11-20

11.  Cory Mazzoni            RHP

12.  Jordany Valdespin     INF

13.  Darin Gorski              LHP

14.  Phillip Evans             SS

15.  Jefry Marte                 3B

16.  Collin McHugh          RHP

17.  Juan Urbina              LHP

18.  Akeel Morris             RHP

19.  Michael Fulmer        RHP

20.  Danny Muno             INF